Electric guitar Fender Telecaster Esquire
The Esquire model was produced by Fender using the bodies of the Telecaster, but insted of assembling the two pick-ups,was
assembled just the one on the bridge,using the pickguard to camouflate the second comparment of the pick-up on the
So it was a “cheap” Telecaster which permitted che buyer to mount the missing pick-up in a second time,changing the
pickguard with a Telecaster one.
The guitar we repaired had an alder body,a maple neck and a rosewood fretboard,and at first sight seemed to be in a decent
condition,especially because the neck did not show deformations or incurvations due to time or a bad use of the instrument.
When rising the pickguard,instead,a very big hole was discovered,done in a very gross way (probably with a chisel). Since the size of the
compartment(wide as the pickguard),it was thought it was done to host an humbucking pick-up,a battery and an active
electronic.The restoration of the instrument had to be done in several times,and it seemed arduous and pretty hard to
Initially we had to square the hole in the superior part of the body,to be able to insert more inserts of the same wood,to
close very precisly the hole,without leaving any kind of fissure between insert and insert,and between insert and the
insides of the compartment, to avoid cavities that would be filled up with glue compromising furthermore the sound of the
The various blocks in alder wood were carefully chosen to have the same veining of the one of the body,hence limiting the pull back
actions of the wood in time.
So the various inserts were glued on the body,left to dry out slowly,so the various parts could assemble.
The superior part of the body,between the pick-ups and the missing inferior abutment (where the wood blocks are inserted)
has then been milled to make possible glueing on it a board of alder of 3,5mm with the same veining of the body,with the
function to camouflate the outline of the wood blocks to obtain a surface with uniform veinings.Doing all the inserts and
glueings of the various parts with absolute precision, the instrument gains the same compactness and solidity
avoiding to comprise the original tone-colour response.
While doing the preliminary paint removing of the body has benn noticed that the sunburst red/black colour was due to a
repaint,while the instrument was originally Daphne Blue.
So it was decided to bring back the true colour using nitrocellulose paints and painting it not in “mirror” style, which means not
The instrument took that “lived” appearence typical of the vintage instruments.
In the end were riassembled the other parts on the guitar: neck, machanics and circulation.